by Joni Ames
Have you been feeling a little “down” lately? Need some encouragement?
Having been a single mom for the past almost 30 years, I’ve had plenty of times where I felt that way – with no one around (i.e., as in another human being) to be the catalyst for that!
So what do we do when we are going through rough times? Should we wallow in our self pity like Job did? He sounds so like me and others I know at times in this account in Job 10:1:
“My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”
I’m just sayin’……..that’s pretty pityful! – Kind of like saying, “I am just going to rant and rave and wallow in the mud of my self pity, and no one is going to stop me!” haha
Sometimes “stuff” just “happens” and there is no one else around to help lift us out of the circumstances. It’s in times like those that we need to remember what David did in the face of some of the worst times in his life. – A time when all those around him were so angry at him that they threatened to stone him to death! Now that’s pretty rough! But you know what he did? David encouraged and strengthened himself in the LORD! (1 Samuel 30.6)
The world takes this concept, as if they invented it! They call it “self talk.” Even they know that, when you take authority over your thoughts and circumstances and begin to speak life over yourself, you can talk yourself into a better mood, and even a better life and lifestyle! But that isn’t some original thought. It comes straight from the Word of God!
Colossians 1:21 tells us that we are often “alienated & enemies” IN OUR MIND because we focus on the things we have done – but that Jesus came to reconcile us to Him! “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies IN YOUR MIND by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled.”
Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE transformed BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.”
One of the best ways to “talk to ourselves” and “renew our minds” is to wash ourselves with the water of the Word! Why? Because His Word is ALIVE, QUICK, and POWERFUL! – In other words, POWER-FILLED! And it will NOT return void, but WILL accomplish what it was sent out to do!
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Hannah talked to herself. While she was talking to herself, she also talked to the Lord – and in so doing, she talked herself right out of barrenness and into having a wonderful, promised child from God! (1 Samuel 1:4-20)
What are you saying to yourself about yourself? If you are speaking evil over yourself, those are word curses! That’s right! You are literally cursing yourself! The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he!” (Prov. 23:7) – So – Stop that! I mean it! You have a choice as to what you believe about yourself, as well as who and what you become. It’s time for YOU to ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD!
The other thing is, even if others are speaking word curses over you, why would you want to fulfill that? Don’t let anyone else’s opinion of you determine your destiny! – I’d be sayin’, “See ya – wouldn’t want to be you. Love you. But there’s someone else above you!” – Meaning: THE LORD and what HE has to say!
It’s time to change the “diapers” of your mind, and get rid of the “stinkin’ thinkin’!”
So remember that verse we started out with in Romans 12:2?: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE transformed BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.”
So, let’s change things around right now. Like the old saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!”
Let’s take authority over our thoughts:
“(23) Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (24) and put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 23-24)
Let’s make our thoughts be obedient to the Lord and HIS plans for our life!:
“Cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Oh wow! We need to be sure the words we are saying are good, if we are going to have to eat them!
Dear Lord,
Forgive us for bowing to and believing the enemy’s lies about ourselves. Help us to bring our thoughts and the words we speak about ourselves (and others) into captivity to the obedience of Christ. We thank you that you came to reconcile our minds, hearts, words, and lives to Yourself. Help us learn how to encourage ourselves in You, as your servant David did. We ask you to break the power of any and all word curses we – or anyone else – has spoken over us, and for your blessings and encouragement to come in their place. – And we pray as David did, “Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight,” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Joni Ames

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